I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical, Neuro and Developmental Psychology of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where I teach several courses within the field of neuropsychology.
As a cognitive neuroscientist, I am specialized in studying the neuropsychological mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of substance use disorders, with a special interest in sex and gender differences. In my research I apply a variety of techniques, including neuroimaging, to investigate sex and gender differences in (the neural correlates of) working memory, emotion regulation, and the structural integrity of the brain.
In 2016 I finished my Ph.D. research on emotional processes in cocaine addiction, which resulted in a dissertation titled: Are cocaine users too sensitive? Since then I have been involved in a number of different research projects, ranging from studies on the neural correlates of emotion dysregulation in ADHD to the development of working-memory related interventions to treat alcohol and nicotine use disorder.